Real Estate Tips

    • Healthy Winter Habits to Maintain Health

      25 November 2022

      (Family Features) Another cough and cold season calls for healthy preparation, and while there may not be a foolproof plan for escaping pesky germs, taking preventive steps and practicing self-care can help protect your health.
      You can catch a cold or flu any time of the year, but they seem more common during the cooler months.
      “As much as we all would love a quick cure for the common cold, unfortunately, that doesn't exist,” said Ian K. Smith, MD. “However, there are many options one can try to relieve cold and flu symptoms, including over-the-counter medications. These medications can provide fast and much-needed relief.”
      Reduce the chances you’ll contract a serious illness this cold season by following these tips from the experts at Mucinex:
      Make handwashing a priority. Preventive measures like washing your hands often can significantly lower your odds of getting sick. In fact, handwashing is such a powerful tool against germs that the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention compared it to a “do-it-yourself vaccine.” Wash regularly with soap and water for about 20 seconds, especially when handling food, caring for someone sick or after using the restroom.
      Make overall wellness a way of life. Adopting healthy everyday habits means your body is in better condition to fight off potential attacks by germs and combat an illness more effectively if you do get sick. A well-balanced diet that includes moderate portions from each of the major food groups can help ensure you’re getting the nutrition and nutrients your body needs. Staying physically active can help promote a stronger immune system. Getting enough sleep and making sure you’re drinking enough water can also ensure your body is ready for whatever the season brings.
      Stock up on necessary supplies. If you do get sick, the best place for you is at home, where you can nurse yourself back to health. That means having the essentials on hand, like over-the-counter medications to treat uncomfortable cold and flu symptoms. Be sure to check last year’s leftovers, as some may have expired. A shopping list to fight common cold and flu symptoms should include pain relievers, fever reducers, decongestants, antihistamines, throat lozenges and cough suppressants, as well as plenty of facial tissue, a working thermometer, humidifier and more. Also update your supply of hand sanitizer and disinfecting cleaners and sprays to protect family members in your home.
      Relieve bothersome symptoms. When you’re under the weather, treating your symptoms gives you a reprieve and lets your body rest so you can get back to feeling better. A cough is a common cold symptom, and relieving chest congestion that causes you to cough frequently can make a big difference. An option like Mucinex Extended-Release Bi-Layer Tablets, with the No. 1 pharmacist recommended expectorant, is clinically proven to relieve chest congestion and thin and loosen mucus to make your cough more productive for up to 12 hours. If symptoms persist, contact your health care professional.
      Do your part to prevent spreading germs. If you do get sick, know you can take steps to protect those around you. Simple acts like covering your nose and mouth with a tissue when you cough or sneeze and using your elbow if you don’t have a tissue can be effective in preventing the spread of germs. It’s also important to wash your hands well and keep a distance from others to help prevent the spread of your illness.
      Find more advice for preventing illness and protecting yourself this cough and cold season at

      Published with permission from RISMedia.

    • 10 Tips for Using a Generator Safely

      25 November 2022

      Whether it’s a hurricane, blizzard, Nor’easter or another variety of weather event, losing power for an extended period of time is not just an inconvenience—it can put your family’s well-being at risk.

      In light of this, many homeowners have opted to invest in a portable generator, a more affordable option than the whole-house variety. While a welcome addition to your home and emergency preparedness plan, a generator must be used properly in order to avoid risk. Be sure to keep the following ten tips in mind for safely operating a generator, courtesy of the Outdoor Power Equipment Institute (OPEI). 

      1. Get to know your generator before you use it. Make sure your equipment is in good working order before starting it up. Do this well before a storm hits so that you are safely prepared for when you lose power.
      2. Thoroughly review the directions. Be sure to follow all manufacturer’s instructions and review the owner’s manuals so that the equipment is operated safely. If you’ve misplaced your manual, you can probably find it online.
      3. Install a battery operated carbon monoxide detector in your home. This alarm will sound if it detects dangerous levels of carbon monoxide within your home. 
      4. Have the right fuel on hand. Use the type of fuel recommended by the generator manufacturer. According to OPEI, it is illegal to use any fuel with more than 10% ethanol in outdoor power equipment. While fresh fuel is always the best option, if you have to use fuel that’s been sitting in a gas can for more than 30 days, add fuel stabilizer to it. Store gas only in an approved container and away from heat sources.
      5. Ensure portable generators have plenty of ventilation. Generators should never be used in an enclosed area or placed inside a home, building or garage, even if the windows or doors are open. Place the generator outside and away from windows, doors and vents that could allow carbon monoxide to drift indoors.
      6. Keep the generator dry. Do not use a generator in wet conditions. Cover and vent a generator. Model-specific tents or generator covers can be found online for purchase and at home centers and hardware stores.
      7. Only add fuel to a cool generator. Before refueling, turn the generator off and let it cool down.
      8. Plug in safely. If you don’t yet have a transfer switch, you can use the outlets on the generator. It’s best to plug in appliances directly to the generator. If you must use an extension cord, it should be heavy-duty and designed for outdoor use. Make sure the cord is free of cuts, and the plug has all three prongs.
      9. Install a transfer switch. A transfer switch connects the generator to the circuit panel and lets you power hardwired appliances. Most transfer switches also help avoid overload by displaying wattage usage levels.
      10. Do not use the generator to “backfeed” power into your home electrical system. Trying to power your home’s electrical wiring by “backfeeding” – where you plug the generator into a wall outlet – is dangerous. You could hurt utility workers and neighbors served by the same transformer. Backfeeding bypasses built-in circuit protection devices, so you could damage your electronics or start an electrical fire.

      Published with permission from RISMedia.

    • 4 Tips for a Successful Dog Adoption

      25 November 2022

      Making the decision to adopt a dog is an exciting moment for you and your family, but it’s also a big responsibility. That’s why getting the entire family involved and planning ahead is essential to providing a loving home for your new four-legged best friend. Consider these four tips for a successful adoption, courtesy of Pedigree brands:

      1. Prepare your home. In order to make the transition as smooth as possible, prep your home and make sure you have all the necessary items for your dog's arrival. You'll need supplies like a crate or kennel, food and water bowls, collar, leash, grooming supplies and toys. It's also a good idea to stock up on puppy pads and cleaning supplies for inevitable accidents when you're potty training.
      2. Search for your ideal dog. When you start your search, you'll likely discover a wealth of choices and options. Think about your lifestyle and the type of breed, mix or size dog that best suits your family. Some breeds require more exercise than others, so you'll need to think about  fencing in your yard or ensuring there’s enough time for regular walks. Also think about grooming and maintenance—longer-haired dogs require more regular, hands-on care. If you're overwhelmed by all the options, try using a breed selector tool to help narrow down the choices.
      3. Get the kids involved. Childhood pets can create sacred memories for years to come, and having your kids take an active role in helping choose the family dog can make the experience even more special. Talk to your kids about the kind of dog they imagine having, then look for breeds that fit that description. Also take the time to explain to children why a certain breed may not be best for your family’s lifestyle. Help them understand what the ideal dog for your home will be.
      4. Begin the adoption process. To find "your dog," keep an open mind. It's important to find the right dog for you—one that fits your lifestyle, family dynamic and home. Be prepared to visit and meet potential matches as many times as it takes. Bring a notepad and pen so you can write down pertinent information and important questions you want to ask, including any information the shelter can provide about the dog's history, health, training and behavior. Once you find the right dog to join your family, be prepared for some paperwork. Adoption questionnaires help shelters ensure dogs are going to loving, responsible families that are willing to provide forever homes.

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    • Tips to Improve Sleep While Traveling on Business

      24 November 2022

      If your job requires travel, you may find yourself spending a lot of time on airplanes and in hotels. With the constant change of scenery and constant movement, getting the rest you need isn’t always easy. With these tips, any busy business traveler can improve their sleep while traveling and stick to their regular routine.

      Prepare a Smart Schedule
      Creating a well thought out itinerary, even for short trips, is the best way to start out a business trip. Book flights at times you would normally be sleeping, especially if you are a good airplane sleeper. Otherwise, book for the day before, if possible, to give your body and mind time to rest and reset. Plan out what and where you may eat to not waste time or fall back on fast food that will keep you up throughout the night.

      Sleep on Your Flight
      Try to get as much sleep on the plane ride as possible. The more you sleep here, the better rested you will be for meetings. This is especially helpful when you fly a red-eye or have a longer flight. Not everyone finds it easy to sleep on an airplane, however. Try natural remedies, a sleep mask or headphones to help relax your mind for a full rest. Even if it’s only resting, your body will thank you.

      Eat a Healthy Diet
      It’s important to keep your diet healthy while traveling. Though this may seem hard to do, especially when you’re surrounded by airport restaurants and snack shops or opting for room service at your hotel or a quick fast food stop. The healthier the food you put into your body, the better you can rest when it comes time for bed. 

      Unplug and Wind Down
      When you aren't sleeping in your own bed, it’s easy to distract yourself with your phone. The end of each day is prime time to unplug from technology, social media and email to unwind from a long flight or meetings. With less distraction and reducing screen time can significantly improve your sleep, even when you aren’t traveling. 

      Traveling will find a way to mess with your daily routine, including the time your mind and body needs for rest. So, the next time you’re sent away on business, remember to follow these tips to help you keep your sleep schedule on track. 

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    • How to Build Your Own Board Game

      24 November 2022

      It’s family game night and it’s your turn to pick. You take a peak in the game cabinet and glance through boxes of the classics. Nothing catches your eye because you’re bored of board games. Want to switch it up? Get creative and build your own! Follow these steps to create a fun family activity that will ignite your imagination and bring your game night to life. 

      Step One: Pick a Theme 
      It all begins with an idea! Where will your board game take place? Who are the players? Pirates? Soldiers? Ants in search of a picnic? The possibilities are endless! Once you choose your theme, you’ll easily be able to create the world it exists in. 

      Step Two: Decide Your Objective
      Next, you have to decide what the goal of the game is. How will you determine the winner? Is it a race to the finish line? A mad grab for victory points? Figure out what your players must accomplish in order to reign victorious. 

      Step Three: Determine the Rules (and the Exceptions)
      Now that you know where the players are going, you have to figure out how to get them there. What rules will be put in place to make it more challenging to cross the finish line? Put up obstacles and roadblocks. Take away advantages. While it’s fun to mess with the players, it’s also important to give them exceptions to the rules. How can you give the players a boost to help propel them toward the finish?

      Step Four: Acquire Your Materials
      It’s time to get crafty! Gather materials for all the parts of the game. Find fun knick knacks to use as player pieces. Cut out and decorate cards. Craft a game board out of poster board, cardboard or any other sturdy materials you might have lying around. Decorate the elements of your game to bring it to life!

      Step Five: Game Time!
      It’s time for your hard work to pay off! Set up your game and show off your skills. Remember, the first few rounds might be a little bumpy as you will likely have to iron out some of the kinks. The more you play your game the more it will grow into a fun, family favorite that is uniquely yours!

      Published with permission from RISMedia.